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“Terrific service”

Holohans At The Barge
Ranked #4 of 1,207 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 9 - US$ 45
Cuisines: Irish
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Holohan's is a family owned Irish restaurant situated on the Belfast Barge and permanently moored beside the Waterfront theatre and Queens Bridge in the heart of Belfast City. Holohan's unusual and picturesque setting is the perfect accompaniment to the unique dining experience, based around great Irish produce, recipes and warm, genuine Irish hospitality. Using classic recipes, updated with modern cooking techniques and some of the best local ingredients, the chefs at Holohan's produce food that is both nostalgic and contemporary. There is also a real focus on locally sourced craft beer, ale and cider, and a great selection of some unusual Irish whiskey's. As a family Holohan's has valued their gift for hospitality through three generations, the current owners grandmother, Sabina Holohan , encouraged the family to welcome guests "as if it were visiting your home." With modern life accelerating at such a fast pace, we often forget that the most important part of hospitality is to be hospitable, something for which the Irish have been renowned the world over. While there is an informal and relaxed ambience at Holohan's, the staff is nevertheless consummately professional, with a fantastic knowledge of our food, drinks and provenance. The Irish have a rich and wonderful culinary heritage, our extensive research has gathered a wealth of cooking methods, recipes and techniques from the last three hundred years. Many of the dishes on our menu have a weight of history behind them and have been passed on down through the generations. From the peasant food of the North West born out of hardship and necessity which gave us dishes like Craibechan, a delicious savory porridge made from pearl Barley and of course the house specialty, BOXTY, which comes from the traditional word bacstai or aran bocht ti meaning 'poor house bread'. Boxty on the griddle, And Boxty on the pan; The wee one in the middle Is for Mary Ann.[ Our goals are to provide and champion our particular brand of food and service in a relaxed and visually striking setting. While we celebrate Irish culture, we try to do so without resorting to Irish cliches, we feel the "Irish-ness" comes from the welcome, the hospitality and the wealth of history contained within our menu. At Holohan's, we aim to work in a transparent and ethical manner, ranging from the treatment of the animals that provide our meat, to sourcing sustainable fish and using seasonal, locally grown fruit and vegetables. Fast becoming known around the world for the quality of our produce, our little Island is becoming known as the larder of Europe, and what better way to demonstrate and celebrate this then using Irish produce to cook Irish food. Holohan's is the perfect place to enjoy this resurgence in Irish cuisine, and more than just food, we aim to give a good night out! We hope to see you soon, Holohan's at the Barge
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a table for dinner here mainly because of its convenience to our hotel and promising reviews and were delighted to find its such an interesting place. We also can concur with other reviewers here, that the dish of the day “Pan Boxty” was extremely good, full of flavour and great portions. Also of note was were the bread nibbles, simple yet very well presented, the “Guinness wheat bread” was our favourite. Finally we were extremely impressed by the prompt, friendly and knowledgable service. Overall a great meal and would not hesitate to recommend.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An unpretentious interior, which is more than compensated for by the excellent quality of the food. We had the Boxty “dish of the day”, which consisted of smoked cod, prawns and salmon, served with broccoli and beans. The dish was cooked to perfection. Very pleasant and helpful waitress.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a late Sunday lunch at Holohans, and from the moment we entered “the barge” we knew our experience would be fantastic. It was. From the welcome, the service, to the amazing food, it was perfect, the views over the Lagan added to the ambience - if ever back to Belfast, I’ll be booking this quaint little restaurant once again!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I would definitely recommend this place it isn’t cheap but it is worth every penny. The food is fantastic, the service was also first class. Lisa was our waitress and she was great with the kids and ensured we had everything we needed.
It’s only a small place so would definitely say book in advance to avoid disappointment

Thank Andrew76259
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment we booked this venue we had nothing but positive experience. I had to change our reservation several times and had fantastic, friendly help on each occasion. Sinead, our server took fantastic care of us and was so friendly and helpful from the minute we arrived. She is a credit to this beautiful restaurant and made our experience wonderful.

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